TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

The Sligo Maid (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Sligo Maid (The)

The Sligo Maid is one of the most common reel in Irish traditional music. I associate this tune with two musicians in the area : Seán Vaughan, the great box player from Kilmaley, and Christy Barry, whistle and flute player from Ennistymon.

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The Plough And the Stars (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Plough And The Stars (The)

The Plough And The Stars is a reel I have learned through various sessions in the area. I also associate it with the playing of Murty Ryan, who recorded it on his duet album with Siobhan Peoples “Time On Our Hands”.

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The Boys of Ballinahinch (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Boys of Ballinahinch (The)

I learned The Boys of Ballinahinch (also known as “The Strawberry Blossom”) from the Hugh Healy and Blackie O’Connell’s duet album “We Were Drinking And Kissing The Ladies”.

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The Maid on the Green (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Maid on the Green (The)

I associate “The Maid on the Green” with whistle and flute player Christy Barry from Ennistymon and also the legendary Chris Droney from Bell Harbour.

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Tommy Peoples' (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Tommy Peoples’

“Tommy Peoples’” is one of the first reels I ever learned. It is associated with the great fiddle player and composer Tommy Peoples, even though he didn’t actually write this particular tune. I also associate this tune with the playing of Kevin Crawford, who recorded is as the opening tune of his amazing album “In Good Company”.

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The Cat's Meow (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Cat’s Meow (The)

The Cat’s Meow is a wonderful jig composed by Joanie Madden, the great Irish-American flute and whistle player and leader of Cherish The Ladies. It is quite a common tune nowadays and I learned it from Aine O’Donoghue and Aine Griffey.

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Random Tunes

Little Black Pig (The)

“The Little Black Pig” is a version of the well known jig “The Walls of Liscarrol”. I learned this tune from the playing of Doolin’s own Micho Russell.

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Meelick Team (The)

“The Meeling Team”, is a composition of Eddie Kelly, fiddle player from East Galway. I associate this jig with the playing of Paddy Carty & Conor Tully, who recorded it on their classic album “Traditional Music of Ireland”.

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